Rifleman Russell Kenneth Adamson
The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada
Rifleman Adamson is sponsored by the Canadian Defence Lawyers.
Rifleman Adamson était parrainé par Canadian Defence Lawyers.
Russell Kenneth Adamson was born at Wyebridge on 23 August 1924, and raised in southwestern Ontario. He was the second oldest son of William and Marjory Adamson; both he and his older brother served in the army.
Russell chose to leave high school early to seek employment. He worked as a delivery truck drive for Preston’s, a grocery store and general store in Midland. Russell enlisted to serve with the Canadian Army Overseas in January 1943.
Russell landed on D-Day with the Queen’s Own Rifles. In September of 1944, his mother received a letter from fellow Rifleman Gianetto, also of Midland. This letter was later published in a local newspaper.
Dear Mrs. Adamson:
I have gathered from Russell’s Section Leader that he was killed on D-Day by machine gun fire on the beach of Normandy. He died instantly, so there was no pain or suffering.
He is buried at Bernieres-sur-Mer, a Canadian cemetery right close to the beach. The other Canadians killed on that day are buried there also. The French people place flowers on the graves every day.
He died for a great cause and a wonderful country, but it all seems so senseless when one of our loved ones is killed.
I hope this information will be of some comfort to you as I realize how you must feel.
Rln. M. L. Gianette,
Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada
REMEMBER TODAY, REMEMBER ALWAYS.
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